A young friend of mine going to school at BYU told me of many female complaints about the impact of the Xbox on social life at BYU and among Mormon singles in general. Allegedly, an embarrassingly high percentage of single LDS men would rather play with the Xbox than have a social life. And some pretend to have a social life by hanging out somewhere and playing Xbox, rather than undertake the rigors of dating and courtship.
I fear there is something to this report. I know a non-LDS student out here in Wisconsin who is heavily into the Xbox, and in fact just won a $9,000 “scholarship” for his Xbox skills. His parents were on his back for all the time he spent playing Xbox Live across the Internet, associating with questionable strangers. His reply was something like, “Hey, there’s no need to worry about a bad influence from all these Xbox buddies – they are all Mormons out in Utah!” Well, I’m not sure if that’s good PR or not.
LDS men, come on! Get a life, socialize, date, and abandon your electronic addictions. Men, think!! Do you know what’s going to happen if most of you drop out of the dating game and become Xbox eunuchs? I’m scared out of my wits just thinking about the implications. As far as I can tell, the only reasonable option will be for the Lord to reinstate polygamy.
Now that ought to make your game controller shake.